Monday Milers

The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”.  The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph.  Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes.  We  stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).

Regular departure time and place:  The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64.  Start time is 9:00 AM.  Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.

Hike leader:  Richard Mayberry  828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.

“All who wander are not lost.”

 

MONDAY MILERS SPRING/Summer HIKES, 2020

PRAYER for a PANDEMIC
by Cameron W. Bellm

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for
our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically
wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace
of God to our neighbors.
AMEN.
(with thanks to Tom Lewis & Frances Dille for sharing

May 18 NORTH SLOPE VIA ESTATOE
7 miles apron., 700’ elevation, R5, no car fee
From Lowe’s parking we hike in on the Estatoe trail, at the campground we go up the North Slope trail clockwise and back to Lowe’s. Lunch at the Exercise Loop trail benches on the Davidson River.

May 25 DUPONT FOREST, WINTERGREEN FALLS LOOP
5.2 miles, 700’ ascent, R5, $2.00 car fee
From Guion Farm parking we hike Buck Forest Fd., left on Thomas Cemetery Rd., left on Tarkiln Branch Rd., right on Sandy Trail, straight to Wintergreen Falls, returning via Wintergreen Falls trail and Tarkiln Branch Rd.

June 1 DANIEL RIDGE LOOP, 2
6 miles, 960’ ascent, 905’ descent, R6, car fee: $2.00
From Daniel Ridge parking we go up the trail clockwise and turn left onto Forest Service road 5046. We return to Daniel Ridge and trailhead. There are two waterfalls.

June 8 PANTHERTOWN, NORTH, FLAT CREEK
7-8 miles, 1,000’ est. climb, R7, $5.00
An out and back hike with variations we park at Flat Creek trailhead hike the Old Trestle path to Flat Creek Falls trail down roughly along Flat Creek to the falls for lunch and return. Note: Very good hike for spring “Ephemerals”.

June 15 DUPONT FOREST: CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN
6.7 miles, 1,180’ ascent, 1,140’ descent, R6, car fee: $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop, then hike the Nooks loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail.

June 22 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO LOWE’S
13.1 miles, 1,800 ascent, R9, $2.00
Shuttle from Bracken Mountain parking, hike the “blue trail” to 475c, continue to intersection of the Art Loeb trail, go to the Estatoe trail and return to Lowe’s parking.

June 29 IVESTOR GAP TO GRAVEYARD FIELDS
lost data, car fee: $5.00
A shuttle, from Big Sam parking hike out Ivestor Gap trail, right onto Graveyard Ridge trail, left onto Mountains to Sea Trail, right in Graveyard Fields to parking.

July 6 BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?

July 13 BLACK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN
5.7 miles, 900’ climb, R6, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we go out Ivestor Gap, make a sharp right turn up Tennant Mtn., then over across a saddleback and up Black Balsam, down to Hwy 816, returning to our cars.
July 20 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

July 27 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE
5 miles, 800’ climb, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 near the Mountains to Sea Trail, hike to Devil’s Courthouse, then return via the Blue Ridge Parkway and highway 215 to cars.

August 3 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, TWO
10 miles est. 1,000’ ascent est. R8, car fee: $5.00
A rough loop from Rice Pinnacle parking, we hike out Rice Pinnacle Rd., left on North Boundary Rd., left on Little Hickory top trail, left on Boyd Branch Rd., right on Ledford Branch Rd., left on Deer Lake Lodge trail to parking. Note: These roads are more gravely, wide paths.

August 10 COVE CREEK/CANEY BOTTOM
5 miles, 700’ ascent, R4, $2.00 car fee
From parking (road from fish hatchery) we hike in on a gravel road and do the loop.

August 17 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, ARBORETUM
7.1 miles, 1,100’ ascent, R7, $5.00 car fee
From parking at 191 and the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the MST then turn into the Arboretum for a hike to the Center with seating, have lunch, then return to our cars .

August 24 PANTHERTOWN, EXPLORING THE EASTERN SIDE
5.5 miles, 800’ ascent, R6, car fee: $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.